1855—Sarah (called Sallie) Eva Blair is born a slave in Tennessee.
1866—Freed from slavery, she moves to Knoxville, Tennessee to live with her aunt, Nancy Gammon. She takes Gammon as her last name.
1871—Travels to Virginia City, Montana, as a nanny for Judge John Luttrell Murphy.
1872—Marries miner John Brown, divorcing him eight years later.
1881—Ten-year-old daughter Eva dies.
1883—Marries Stephen (Dick) Bickford.
1890—Inherits two-thirds ownership in Virginia City Water Company.
1902—Purchases all remaining Water Company stock.
From the newspapers
- Died, The Benton Weekly Record, June 30, 1881, p. 5.
- Virginia City Letter, The Semi-weekly Miner, October 20, 1883, p. 1.
- From Friday’s Daily, The Benton Weekly Record, November 3, 1883, p. 5.
- Boreas Did It, The Madisonian, December 5, 1896, p. 1.
- In Virginia City, The Anaconda Standard, July 2, 1898, p. 3.
- Woman of Color Water Magnate, The Ronan Pioneer, November 23, 1917, p. 7.
- Virginia City to Vote on Water Plant Purchase, Great Falls Daily Tribune, May 20, 1919, p. 4.
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Written by Catherine W. Ockey